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National Security Advisor John Bolton attends a briefing at the White House, on August 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. The administration's top security officials briefed the media on election interference.

Bolton claims US signed document to pay North Korea for Otto Warmbier’s care but never actually followed through with $2 million payment

Bolton confirmed to "Fox News Sunday" that the US agreed to pay $2 million for Otto Warmbier, who fell into a coma while in North Korean custody in 2016.

Trump denies the US paid North Korea $2 million for Otto Warmbier’s medical care

A Thursday Washington Post report claimed North Korea billed the US $2 million for Warmbier's care during his captivity.
Otto Frederick Warmbier is taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang North Korea

North Korea demanded $2 million from the US for hospitalizing Otto Warmbier, who went into a mysterious coma

When US diplomatic and medical personnel arrived in Pyongyang to retrieve Otto Warmbier in 2017, the North Koreans handed them a medical bill for $2 million.
Otto Frederick Warmbier (C), a University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea since early January, is taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo March 16, 2016.

Before the North Koreans let a comatose Otto Warmbier leave the country, they reportedly made a US official sign a document agreeing to pay the regime...

Warmier fell into a coma for unknown reasons the day he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly trying to steal a propoganda poster.
Then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea, in an undated photo released in April 2018.

Mike Pompeo refused to say whether or not Kim Jong Un knew about Otto Warmbier’s mistreatment — which happened while he was boss of the CI...

Wambier, a student, was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months and died soon after he was returned to the US in a vegetative state in June 2017.
CNN host Anderson Cooper, left, and Khizr, Khan, the Gold Star father of slain US Army Capt. Humayun Khan.

‘America stands with them’: Gold Star father Khizr Khan offers his condolences to Otto Warmbier’s family after Trump praises North K...

"America stands with them," Gold Star father Khizr Khan said. "All decent Americans stands with them."
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump talk in the garden of the Metropole hotel during the second North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 28, 2019.

Trump says he was ‘misinterpreted’ after criticism over taking Kim Jong Un’s ‘word’ on Otto Warmbier’s death

Warmbier was returned to the US after 17 months of captivity in North Korea, but he was in a vegetative state and died soon after.
Otto Warmbier in 2016 in a photo released by North Korean media.

Republicans in Congress are frustrated over Trump accepting Kim Jong Un’s word about Otto Warmbier

It's another example of Trump accepting the word of foreign autocrats over US intelligence or members of his own party.

Otto Warmbier’s parents issue scathing statement after Trump takes Kim Jong Un’s word on their son’s death: ‘Kim and his evil ...

"Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that," Fred and Cindy Warmbier said.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump talk in the garden of the Metropole hotel during the second North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 28, 2019.

Trump’s acceptance of Kim Jong Un’s word on the death of Otto Warmbier fits a troubling pattern

Trump's trust in Kim is part of a trend of the president taking the word of leaders like Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.